Application Deadline: May 31, 2018
We're looking for a researcher to join our team and help us develop new insights into effective animal advocacy and broader moral circle expansion. This position will ideally focus on quantitative research, such as surveys and randomized controlled trials, because our current research staff leans in a more qualitative direction, however excellent candidates with a qualitative focus will be considered. Role title will be "Researcher" or "Research Fellow" depending on candidate's qualifications.
Employment type: Full-time, though we may consider a half-time role for exceptional candidates
Location: Remote, US-based (we may be able to make arrangements for international hires, but we are unable to sponsor US visas); current staff are in NYC
Experience type: Several years of professional or academic research, ideally with a quantitative focus
Reports to: Research Director
Work style: Relatively independent with frequent peer review and feedback, some collaboration, and limited mentorship
Job security: Dependent on performance, the role is currently funded through 2018, and we expect it to be funded continuously after that
Salary: $44,000 or international equivalent (this is the same salary as all other current staff, and we hope to increase it as the organization's funding increases)
Paid time off: 25 days total per year
As a researcher, you will generally:
- Collaborate with our Research Director and Executive Director to decide what projects on our research agenda, or what similar projects, to work on. This may include surveys on public attitudes, randomized controlled trials of advocacy strategies, research on other social movements, or literature reviews of relevant topics. We encourage you to apply whether you are generally skilled at these kinds of research or more specialized in a few.
- Conduct that research fairly independently with regular check-ins and eventual peer review prior to publication. Frequent questions and meetings will be expected at the beginning, but should slow down over time as you become more familiar with the research literature and methods.
- Provide assistance as needed with other research projects and ideas, mainly by reviewing research for accuracy, clarity, quality of the reasoning, and overlooked evidence.
Since we’re a small organization, depending on your individual preferences and abilities you may also have opportunities to take on communications, outreach, and/or other responsibilities, though that is by no means an expectation of researchers and is merely an opportunity for those who are interested.
- Several years of research and writing experience in academia, think tanks, or a relevant institution.
- Strong critical reasoning ability.
- Ability to ask incisive questions that move your projects forward and improve their quality.
- Comfort with updating your views when presented with new information.
- Good written communication skills.
- Ability to work mostly independently with limited structure.
- Willingness to report to, collaborate with, and at times defer to our Research Director.
Preferred attributes (we encourage you to apply even if you don't think you meet these):
- Graduate-level academic education in a social science or another relevant field.
- Experience designing, running, and analyzing surveys and/or randomized controlled trials.
- Strength in statistics.
- Comfort with researching open-ended questions.
- Comfort with speculation and making judgements based on limited evidence when stronger evidence is not available.
- Familiarity with the animal advocacy movement and its strategies, and particularly with the debates and research on effective animal advocacy.
- Familiarity with effective altruism.
- Good verbal communication skills.
- Willingness to live in or near New York City to regularly get together with our current staff in-person. (We have regular team lunches, and local staff have the opportunity to work together in cafes if that is their preference and to attend events in the local animal advocacy and effective altruism communities if they are interested.)
Interview process, for your information:
- Complete the application form below.
- If we're interested in moving forward, we'll contact you to schedule an interview, and will give you a heads up about what we want to discuss with you.
- After the interview, if we're interested in moving forward, we'll provide a short (max 2 hours) trial project.
- After that, we may contact you with further questions before we make our final decision.
Apply to the Researcher Position
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